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fringe benefit

A non-monetary perk, incentive, or benefit for working a job that is given in addition to one's normal wage or salary. One of the fringe benefits of working here is getting free lunch in the cafeteria.
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lunatic fringe

the more extreme members of a group. Most of the members of that religious sect are quite reasonable, but Lisa belongs to the lunatic fringe. Many people try to avoid eating a lot of fat, but Mary is part of the lunatic fringe and will eat anything.
See also: fringe, lunatic

on the fringe

1. Lit. at the outer boundary or edge of something. He doesn't live in the city, just on the fringe.
2. Fig. at the extremes of something, typically political thought. He is way out. His political ideas are really on the fringe.
See also: fringe, on

the ˌlunatic ˈfringe

(disapproving) members of an organization or group who are more extreme than the others; extreme groups: It’s the lunatic fringe of the Animal Liberation Front which smashes the windows of butchers’ shops, not ordinary members like us.The word lunatic means crazy. It comes from the Latin word luna, meaning ‘moon’, because people believed that the changes in the moon caused temporary madness.
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Now, though, my beauty editor's eye can't help but notice the fringe is, well, no longer on the fringe.
Once both ends are done, remove the horizontal threads in the fringe so that the fringes hang individually.
My hairdresser Joseph Bilton, who works at the Daniel Galvin Junior salon in London's Belgravia, explained that Lily Allen's chunky fringe is a very modern look that generally suits younger, slimmer faces and can be quite unforgiving.
Fuller fringes make foreheads look smaller and the bottom of your face appear narrower - ideal for round or heart-shaped faces.
Now's the perfect time to refresh your look and indulge in some fringe benefits.
In a C CORPORATION, EMPLOYEE FRINGE BENefits generally are deductible at the corporate level, and the employee excludes the value from income.
LAUGHTER Live next Tuesday at Sunderland Empire will see two comedians take to the stage ahead of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.
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Debbie Staton, aged 36, a development trainer, has always had a fringe: "I drive a lot of miles in my job but I've never had an accident or near-miss because of my fringe.
Roberts noted that the perception of core midtown south neighborhoods as being more desirable than the northern fringe where such firms Allied Works and DaSilva have moved is starting to diminish, a phenomenon that probably won't lead to lessening rents in SoHo and Union Square as much as higher rents at the fringes.
Pushed down at their centers, blooms with intact fringes required nearly 50 percent more force to dunk, Armstrong reports in the February American Journal of Botany.
The measurement technique (sometimes referred to as Haidinger fringes) analyzes interference fringes from the front and back surfaces of the wafer.